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Vernazza, within the Cinque Terre National Park, is nestled between Monterosso al Mare and Riomaggiore.The town is crossed by steep and narrow alleys that descend towards the main road and end in a small square in front of the marina. Inside the village you can admire valuable architectural elements such as loggias, arcades and portals.
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A look at Vernazza
A look at Vernazza
Cinque Terre, April 2017.
Vernazza is part of the Cinque Terre villages and is also one of the most visited by tourists. Famous is the steep path, behind the station, which leads to the panoramic view of the village.  | Carola Ferrero - e-borghi Community
Cinque Terre, April 2017. Vernazza is part of ...
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the small port of Vernazza characterized by small and colorful wooden boats  | Manuela Tronconi - e-borghi Community
the small port of Vernazza characterized by sma...
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one of the secular villages of the cinque terre. Walking on the path that leads to the cemetery there are fantastic views  | Manuela Tronconi - e-borghi Community
one of the secular villages of the cinque terre...
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About the village

Vernazza is the second village that is part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is set in a bay between the towns of Monterosso al Mare and Riomaggiore, and it also includes the next village of Corniglia, its hamlet.
The village has architectural elements of great value, such as loggias, churches, houses - towers and arcades.
It is also dominated by the remains of the "castrum", several medieval fortifications dating back to the eleventh century, with a castle and a cylindrical tower and the houses are separated by a single central street and steep stairs named "harpies".

The first documented news of Vernazza dates back to an act of 1080, in which the castrum Vernatio is cited as the maritime base of the Obertenghi. They were lords of Vernazza in the eleventh and twelfth centuries who tried to defend the territory from the assaults of Saracen pirates and start the first commercial exchanges. The marquises themselves built a first sighting and defense post in 1056.
Thanks to the increase in commercial traffic and the development of the marina, Vernazza entered the graces of the Republic of Genoa, which intended to make it one of its coastal bases for the commercial, political and above all territorial conquest of the Ligurian Levant. In 1209 the eighty-eight heads of the Vernazza family swore loyalty to Genoa and its Republic.

In Vernazza we cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, in Romanesque-Genoese style, whose construction dates back to the thirteenth century, in which there are medieval and Renaissance elements and the Castello dei Doria, a medieval fortress about seventy meters high.

Village of Vernazza
Municipality of Vernazza
Province of La Spezia
Liguria Region
Inhabitants: 824
Altitude center: 3 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
Borghi più belli d'Italia
Protected natural areas:
Area naturale marina protetta Cinque Terre
Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre
Patronal Festival
Santa Margherita - 20 luglio
Municipality of Vernazza
Via San Francesco 56 - Vernazza
tel: 0187821247
= distances as the crow flies


  • It is one of the most isolated villages of the Cinque Terre to be reached by car because the road that connects them is very narrow and winding.


  • Pisa airport
  • Genoa airport
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